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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Lifestyles of the DC Political Class
Former Floor Director for Congressman Clyburn provides FaceBook pics this week of his vacation in Tuscany. No word on whether Michelle Obama is joining him. You can see the new ones at: https://www.facebook.com/jtoddmetcalf
Where are you going for vacation?
Floor Director for the House Majority Whip
"Enjoying dinner at Bar del Fico"
Why He Matters
It's Metcalf's job to stay one step ahead of the game. The newly-appointed floor director for House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) says the key to whipping a bill is knowing what everyone wants from it long before it reaches the floor. It's his job to find out.
A tax lawyer by trade, Metcalf has worked in Clyburn's office since January 2007. He was promoted to floor director after Jaime Harrison left the Hill for the Podesta Group. Early in the 111th Congress, Metcalf collected enough Democratic votes to give President Barack Obama's his first real legislative success in passing the $787 million stimulus package and the 2010 budget. But the aide will be tested repeatedly over the next two years as Congress attempts to pass a health-care overhaul, education reform and green energy policies.
"We have eight distinct caucuses with eight sets of life experiences," Metcalf says about House Democratic lawmakers. "All of these people come to Congress with different experiences and different viewpoints. [The key is] finding the sweet spot and anticipating what the problems are going to be."
In Their Own Words
“We have an extraordinarily diverse caucus,” Metcalf said. “The trick every time is to come up with a set of principles that ... everyone can agree with. And that’s an interesting needle to thread every time.”
"Another depressing day in Tuscany."
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